Tyranny, being as endemic to the human condition as other similar privations of the human good such as ignorance, vice, or sickness, is as old as mankind. What may be new, however, is the uniquely intractable form of tyranny that is currently metastasizing throughout the world, namely the rule of an authoritarian plurality of societal parasites. Our next thousand years of darkness, if such be our fate, will begin under the governance of a "parasitocracy." The modern West has defied ancient wisdom on so many fronts, introducing new modes of existence and coexistence, spreading prosperity and promise in hitherto inconceivable measures,
The only ethic of a leftist is self-interest, which is how they can excuse people like Michael Moore, Al Gore and George Soros, but would spit on someone starving in the gutter if that person disagreed with the leftist´s ideas.
Probably one of the most disturbing articles that I have read in the last 5 years. It reminds me of an article I read 15 years ago called "Victoriosa Loquacitas: The Rise of Rhetoric and the Decline of Everything Else." In short Daren Jonescu has just given us the formula for the creation of the next Dark Ages.
An excellent article. The only thing I would amend would be to more precisely call it "Predatory Parasitocracy".
Ordinary parasites merely attach themselves to hosts on the basis of random convenience. There is no targeting of specific types of hosts, and no hostile intent. By contrast, the parasitocracy that has emerged here is in fact predatory. It seeks specific types of hosts. It targets them. It attacks them with malice. It enjoys ravaging them.
Communism. It´s all about communism. Jonescu, a fine writer, goes into too much detail skirting around this simple issue of the power of the collective over each powerful individual, the sovereign, always right, consumer. The collective destroys the free market and whenever dictators destroy free choice, they fail .... ALWAYS. So, keep the the democrats, socialists, fascists, RINOS, commies OUT of the decision making, keep the magic of the market OPEN, for each individual, and all is well. Why is everybody afraid to use the word, "communism" ? Simple fear of saying the word out loud. Stealth communist influence is running Washington, controlling all major Diane Sawyer fake media. And, like Daren writes, even academe is totally distorted. Andrew Breitbart started to talk about cultural Marxism in academe, and he died suddenly. There is great fear about, fear to explore, the horrors of Salinist Soviet communism. Hollywood won´t touch it .... EVER, so the masses who don´t read, know nothing about the horrors of Gulag Archipelago enslavement, famine, endless warring aggression, te murder of millions. Not one American made movie even uses the word, communism. "The Rule of Silence", keep the masses ignorant of the terrors to come through creeping socialism turning into the madness of communism. Parasite, schmarasite.. it´s Leninist, Marxist communism (and throw in a little Hitlerian-Feinstein-Schumer-Reid-Holder gun confiscation for good measure).
Daren is right: calling them parasites, too, is another way to nail the bastards. So, the next big question, why are the loudest, most energetic, defiant media friends like Rush, Ann Coulter and O´Reilly STILL CALLING THESE PARASITES the lovely, totally inaccurate name of "LIBERAL" ?? Why ? Why ? LIBER LIBERAL means FREEDOM ! Are they afraid to call them communists, or even, parasites?(but never liberal, please)
Our founders worried about the tyranny of the majority. Voting rights were limited to property owners and there did not exist direct election of US senators or the presidency (still true via electoral college. Frankly, this reader thinks they had it right. The mere presence of a pulse at least 18 years since birth is no rational legitimacy for the right to vote. The movie ´Starship troopers´ had an interesting idea on the concept of citizenship - one had to EARN it.
FTA: (T)he rise of the parasites as a political faction gave birth to something quite different. We now face a systematic effort to unravel reason itself -- to deny the metaphysical and moral primacy of individual minds -- and to disabuse men of the idea of private property.
Unraveling reason starts by undermining the language, by redefining well understood words to mean the opposite of they used to mean. #15 makes the essential point by identifying the inversion of the word liberal (formerly, classical liberal), which in the Nineteenth Century described those who adhered to the founding principles, which are now conflated into equal parts of conservativism and libertarianism (which are related but not identical, and are upheld by the wrongly maligned group called the Tea Party.
Over the past century, starting with Woodrow Wilson, a similar redefinition of the word progressive has been underway by those whose understanding of real progress is quite upside down. As a writer and a lover of the language, I am unusually sensitive to offenders who attempt to twist it into antiseptic meaninglessness and substitute their own paralogistic hallucinations for reason. The Zeitgeist´s Queen of Spades sits in judgment of all wrong, ready to cry, "Off with their heads!" We´re in a cultural Hundred Year War, and time´s running out. The idiots have taken over the asylum like Robert Lowell´s skunk mother in "Skunk Hour":
"I stand on top of our back steps and breathe the rich air-- a mother skunk with her column of kittens swills the garbage pail She jabs her wedge-head in a cup of sour cream, drops her ostrich tail, and will not scare."
It´s past time to put the fear of the Almighty into those who are undermining this great Republic.
We are at a Turning Point. FTA The parasitocracy is unquestionably dominant. The question is whether the host´s vital organs are yet in a condition from which a recovery of health -- preceded by an inevitable period of violent purgation -- remains possible." Farr Not!
In the animal world a parasite is an organism that lives off of another. In some cases the parasite is actually useful to the host organism and in many cases the parasite will not harm the host organism. In the political equivalent we have parasites that are not mindful of their own best interests and will suck the life out of the host ( nation ) thereby destroying themselves and the host that they depend on. If all men are created equal then parisitism is as wrong as slavery - it is a modified form of slavery that is worse than slavery. Slave owners understood that a dead slave will be no help to them and at least let them live. We can only wish that the parasites that are sucking the life out of the nation were as enlightened as the slave owners of the past.
Parisitocracy. What an apt descriptive term for our current condition. What is even more depressing is the behavior which is increasing: adaptation. A useful operational definition for “intelligence” is, “an ability to successfully exploit the environment.” By that definition, it is adaptive (intelligent) to exploit an environment/system that presents itself as amenable to exploitation. End result? Parasitism will increase.
#1: Is it not the case that “enlightened self interest” is the basis of capitalism?
#9: I agree with you. This is frightening. We have gone beyond the choice point, I’m afraid.
Imagine if a university were to inform its students that in the interest of equality and social justice, henceforth all grades would be redistributed, so that everyone would receive the grade of "B-." How could any good liberal object?
A parasitocracy (also known as socialism, communism or just plain collectivism) like all parasites eventually kills the host. That´s a well known fact so it can only happen to really stupid populations.
There´s a very simple cure for it in a democracy: only allow those who produce as much or more than they consume (for example pay more in taxes than the receive in benefits) vote. That is, only the non parasites may vote. Problem solved.
#17 gets it right dating this back to Wilson. So much of our republic changed, fundamentally transformed shall we say, in 1913. Progressivism blossomed with the passing of the 16th and 17th Amendments. The Income Tax was passed under the cover of darkness on what, Christmas Eve...and then the structure of the states appointing their ambassadors to represent them in DC as senators was eliminated by the direct election of ´super´ representatives. I would go so far as to take this transformation back to that ´progressive´ Republican - Teddy Roosevelt. But for me, 1913 was the lynchpin year.
It had always been my thought that the longer I lived, the more I would see the unfolding of a United States of America where the citizenry would enthusiastically embrace, and wish to expand upon, the foundations of freedom and liberty that our forefathers set. Instead I see, as the article explains, a nation where, “liberty based on a right to property rooted in self-ownership has evaporated in favor of coerced redistribution of every kind, right down to the redistribution of physical preservation, in the form of socialized medicine”. And where, “personal effort applied, and success achieved, without the helping hand of government – the underlying premise of all of mankind´s attempts to establish practical and spiritual freedom on Earth -- is so thoroughly antithetical to the spirit of the times that the leader of the so-called ‘free world’ casually mocks such effort and success as a foolish delusion: ‘You didn’t build that’.”
Our nation, as it exists today under the tyrannical rule of an autocrat and his cabal of progressive sycophants, is so morally and ethically vacant, so far removed from the intentions of its founders, that it is almost unrecognizable as the beacon for the, ‘huddled masses yearning to be free’.
The majority of us worked hard and sacrificed in order to pass on to future generations a nation where they could continue to succeed and flourish. Instead we are now faced with the option of an, “inevitable period of violent purgation” in order for us just to retreat to the values that we hold dear.
We, who have refused to accept this ‘fundamentally changed’ nation, have become the new, “huddled masses yearning to be free”.
#9 ~ I´m guessing you think the last Dark Age had something to do with politics.
I´m much more inclined to believe it was a climate/weather anomaly that resulted in about 6 or 7 years loss of sufficient Sunlight in the Northern hemisphere for plants to grow properly.
Europe, Central Asia and much of China were simply depopulated. Civilization disappeared for hundreds of years and didn´t start up again until the Mongols reopened the Silk Road.
(Regarding China ~ although the archaeologists there are only now getting a good grasp on how many perished, they´d known that the Tang moved the capital to the South where it stayed for several hundred years.)
Forget the GW crowd a moment. We know we´re on the cusp of the next period of widespread glaciation. That will carry with it a very profound political signal!
There will be a DARK AGE unparalleled in modern human experience ~ although the Neanderthals survived about 4 of them in Europe and Asia.
I´m just guessing we´ll have something like a 98% depopulation event.
First, as someone who deeply loves our country, and second, as someone who does and will have to live with actual parasites in my body (chronic Lyme) until a cure is found or until I die, this article is chilling. But, I´m not going down on either count without a fight.
The article didn´t quite make it to the point that the parasitocracy reaches a point of diminishing returns when its use of government as surrogate thief punishes the producers to the point of giving up and joining the mob.
I feel we´re now over the edge and headed into the black hole.
A new report from the Texas-based Quorum Report, published by longtime Texas journalist Harvey Kronberg, says that House Speaker John Boehner plans to push amnesty legislation through the House, after the primary filing deadline for candidates. The move would prevent Tea Party from challenging GOP lawmakers who support amnesty in 2014. Scott Braddock reported on Tuesday that “in recent weeks, various Texas business interests have told Quorum Report that Boehner has been telling them that he will start holding immigration votes not long after the filing deadline has passed.”
The historic IT disaster known as the Obamacare web site has been of intense interest to me, since I´ve been a Senior Software Engineer for decades, and I have personally participated in, witnessed, and reported on (as a technology reporter) a number of IT disasters. But even so, the size of the Obamacare web site catastrophe on October 1 still takes my breath away. When I first heard, shortly after October 1, that there was 500 million lines of code in Healthcare.gov, I quickly rejected that figure, because it´s impossible.
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A great deal of attention has been focused on the political fallout that Democrats in Congress will face because of their support for ObamaCare. Beyond video of Mary Landrieu in 2009 saying just what Obama was saying about people being allowed to keep their old health plans, surely the video of Nancy Pelosi that we had to "pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" ought to be part of any Republican´s campaign against Democrats in the congressional midterm elections.
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